The key to healing for many energy-based therapies such as the Visionary Craniosacral Approach is the therapist’s ability to perceive deeply from within a meditative stillpoint. If the therapist is not in a balanced, centered space, free of mental chatter, then he is less able to intuitively recognize the true nature of the client’s problem. The Visionary Craniosacral Approach is distinct from other forms of craniosacral work in that it relies on open-hearted awareness of the soul and its energetic connection to the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. This takes the craniosacral work beyond the usual mechanical and technical framework into the deeper realm of the energetic and spiritual biofields. Although there are protocols to follow, the practitioner must let go of any set agenda that might inhibit his ability to discover and release deep-seated issues that otherwise might remain hidden. As a client’s true needs present themselves, the therapist must be flexible enough to shift his attention to those areas that are calling out to him. Techniques are considered less important than true presence, which inhabits an expanded state of consciousness, and complements analytical understanding.
Scottish osteopath Dr. Hugh Milne developed the Visionary Craniosacral Approach during the 1990s, after years of work and experiences with different forms of healing. It incorporates elements of Osteopathy, energy work, bioenergetic touch, shamanism, and Taoist healing practices, and combines sensitive bodywork with a meditation on the inner eye and ear that enables the emergence of visionary consciousness. A very gentle, meditative approach of “doing non-doing” allows the souls of the practitioner and the client to connect, which permits the recipient to express his needs through the space of stillness. The deep meditative state in which the practitioner works allows him to hold a safe space for more effective healing and to more easily perceive subtle rhythms such as the cranial wave, which is considered a signal from the soul coming through the chakras and the cranial membrane system. This wave changes constantly depending on the state of a person’s health, and proper detection of its condition can reveal what the body and spirit need for true healing.
After the practitioner takes a moment to prepare himself through a centering meditation that gives rise to stillness and a heightened level of perception by the inner eye and ear, the bodywork session progresses through various stages of diagnostic inquiry to determine the client’s real needs. A certain amount of verbal inquiry is usually included. The intuitive inquiry never really ends, since it continues throughout a session as the practitioner places his attention on the client’s breath, body language, and energy field. In addition, the therapist uses visionary tracking of the client’s consciousness, respiratory entrainment, step-by-step soul center reading, and sensitive methods of releasing any energetic restrictions. Spirit helpers may be called upon to assist in the healing process. What actually happens during a session can be a very spontaneous experience that may even include singing or chanting.
The practitioner generally acts as a silent partner and does not touch the client until they are connected by a strong sense of presence. The touch used is primarily very light finger pressure held for an extended period of time in order to activate a very small pattern of movement in the cranial bones that frees up the cranial wave. However, if necessary, deeper hands-on work may be performed on different areas of the body. This touch can be firm, vibratory, tapping, oscillating, or manipulative, depending on what is called for and can be done on acupoints and areas related to particular chakras, the chakras themselves, and the surrounding energy field. The work can have a profound effect on the recipient as deep emotional issues or transformational energies surface, and the practitioner is encouraged to offer the client periods of silence to integrate the healing that has taken place. On the physical level, the Visionary Craniosacral Approach has been found beneficial for chronic fatigue, back pains, and headaches. On an energetic or spiritual level, it provides an inner journey in which a person can become more integrated and experience an evolution of consciousness.
Contact: Milne Institute Inc. – www.milneinstitute.com
This modality comes from “Our Inner Ocean”, a book by Captain LeCain W. Smith: The author, LeCain W. Smith, learned early in life that his personal path to awakening was through ocean sailing, bodywork, and transformational energetic experiences. When living on the sea, making friends with the elements and with nature, he uncovered his passion for adventure, exploration, fitness, and health. He spent many years studying and experiencing bodywork and practicing yoga, qigong, breath-work, and meditation. This passion, combined with seeing numerous friends struggle with health problems, eventually drove Smith to reach out and help others through the writing of this book. If this endeavor changes the life of only one person, he will consider it a success.
Good health is something we all aspire to, but it’s so much more than just being free of disease. A perfectly functioning body, tranquil mind, and vibrant spirit working together harmoniously create the joy and happiness that put the good in good health and the worth into a life worth living. Our Inner Ocean describes ancient and new holistic modalities of practitioner-applied bodywork and revitalizing self-care practices.